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Senate Hearing into impact
of aircraft noise
aircraft noise

9 August in Penrith
Blue Mountains
Council Election

Saturday 14 September

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Proposed Housing Reforms
not another suburb of Sydney
Blue Mountains exempt

read about it here
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The Society's newsletter
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Gecko Newsletter
Winter 2024 edition
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Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare's newsletter

Senate Hearing into impact
of aircraft noise on communities
9 August 2024 in Penrith (location to be advised)
9am – 4.30pm

The Society is appearing as a witness from 9am - 10am.

We are encouraging our members and the Blue Mountains Community to attend – a strong attendance will show the high level of concern we have about the impact of Western Sydney International Airport flight paths.

If you are coming, please email RRAT.sen@aph.gov.au

The hearings are public and everyone is welcome to attend and observe. RSVPs are not obligatory, but would be appreciated.

There will also be an opportunity for a limited number (around 10-15) of affected residents/community members to speak for 3 minutes or so as part of the community open session in the afternoon. 3.30-5pm. If you want to speak please email RRAT.sen@aph.gov.au

aircraft noise
Here's the Society's submission regarding impact and mitigation of aircraft noise.

Aircraft noise from Western Sydney Airport will affect all Blue Mountains residents.

July Hut News
the Society's newsletter

The July 2024 edition of Hut News is now available for downloading.

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In this edition you will find:

Proposed Housing Reforms
We've had our say
Here's our submission and the Council's

Blue Mountains exempt
read about it here
Open Letter   Key Facts   What Does It Mean?   Village Maps   What you can do  

The Blue Mountains is not another suburb of Sydney
The NSW Government is threatening to force a new ‘one-size-fits-all’ low- and mid-rise housing policy onto the Blue Mountains, with the aim of increasing new housing.

The proposed policy over-rides existing key environmental provisions in the Blue Mountains Local Environmental Plan (LEP) that protects our bushland and the World Heritage Area.

The Blue Mountains LEP already allows for the building of medium density housing in locations that work for both people and the environment.

The Society believes the proposed policy would encourage unsustainable and unsuitable medium density development throughout the Blue Mountains, threatening our natural environment and World Heritage Area and putting more lives at risk due to the growing threat from bushfires.

Here's an article in the Blue Mountains Gazette.

Open Letter

Open Letter The Open Letter
An open letter to the NSW Premier will be published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday 13 May and the Blue Mountains Gazette on Wednesday 15 May.

The letter begins -

"We are an alliance of community groups and organisations representing a variety of sectors in the Blue Mountains. We are writing to urge you to reconsider your government’s proposed ‘one size fits all’ reforms to deliver additional housing, as outlined in the NSW Government’s Explanation of Intended Effect: Changes to create low- and mid-rise housing. We request that you exclude the Blue Mountains Local Government Area from these proposed reforms.

The letter is from -

Better Planning Network
Blue Mountains Aboriginal Culture     and Resource Centre
Blue Mountains Association     of Cultural Heritage Organisations
Blue Mountains Bird Observers Inc
Blue Mountains Bushcare Network
Blue Mountains Community Land Trust
Blue Mountains Conservation Society
Blue Mountains Greens
Blue Mountains Historical Society
Cr. Mark Greenhill OAM, Mayor,     City of Blue Mountains
Cr. Romola Hollywood, Deputy Mayor
Cr. Mick Fell
Cr. Brent Hoare
Cr. Claire West
Cr. Daniel Myles
Cr. Nyree Fisher
Cr. Sarah Redshaw
Cr. Suzie van Opdorp
Bushwalking NSW Inc
Friends of Ku-ring-gai Environment Inc
Medlow Bath Residents Association
National Trust of Australia (NSW),     Blue Mountains Branch
Springwood Bushwalking Club
Total Environment Centre
Wilderness Australia

Key Facts

Here's some fast facts about housing in the Blue Mountains.

Here's our Initial Proposed Housing Reforms webpage for more details.

What Does It Mean For The Blue Mountains?

Village Maps

Lawson Lawson
A map has been created for each of the 18 Blue Mountains villages affected by the proposed housing reforms.

Blue Mountains land zoned from Local Environment Plan 2015.  E1, E2, R1, R2 & R3 zones are affected.

The maps show the approximate 400m and 800m areas around railway stations and town centres.

The maps can be found here

What Can I Do?

We need you to urgently send a letter to the Hon. Chris Minns MP, Premier of NSW, telling him:

Our goal is 100 letters sent during May and June!

Letters to the Premier can only be sent via lodgement through an online portal or by post – they cannot be sent directly via email.

Suggested points that could be included in your letter are:

You should personalise your letter and communicate what is important to you.

Once you have finished your letter, save it and then send via the correspondence e-portal for Chris Minns, Premier NSW.

Alternatively, you can print and send the letter to:

The Hon Chris Minns MP, Premier of NSW, GPO Box 5341, SYDNEY, NSW 2001.

So that we know how many letters have been sent to the Premier, once you have sent your letter can you please let us know via the campaign email housing@bluemountains.org.au.

What else you can do

 Get social and help spread the word on our social media pages: Facebook :: Instagram.

 Join our mailing list to keep up to date with the campaign.

 Make a donation to help support the campaign.

 Join the Blue Mountains Conservation Society to help conserve the Blue Mountains environment.

Gecko Newsletter
Winter 2024 edition
Gecko Newsletter
Gecko is the Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare's seasonal newsletter.

The Winter 2024 Edition is now available to download.

Previous editions of the Gecko Newsletter can be found here.

Information about the Blue Mountains City Council Bushcare can be found here.

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